3 rescued from Whitehorse's Miles Canyon after canoe capsizes

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Three people whose canoe capsized in Whitehorse’s Miles Canyon are safe after being rescued Thursday night.

Fire crews were dispatched to the Schwatka Lake boat launch, just south of downtown, and commandeered a private boat to travel upstream to the canyon area. That’s where they spotted the three people clinging to the canyon walls.

“Given the velocity of the water, the temperature, and some of the debris that’s coming down because of that, it was obviously a very, very time-sensitive response,” said Jason Everett, Whitehorse’s fire chief.

He said the crews were able to get the three people into the boat and bring them back to the boat launch where EMS paramedics were waiting, as

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